Andreas Granqvist feels he has staked a claim for a regular place in the Wigan line-up after an impressive Premier League debut against Everton.
Emmerson Boyce failed a fitness test ahead of the Goodison clash to hand the Swede his first league start for the Latics.
And Granqvist, who signed a two-year deal at the JJB Stadium last month, hopes he did enough in the 2-1 defeat to prove to boss Chris Hutchings that he can hold down a place in the starting line-up.
"I was happy to play my first game in the league for Wigan and I think it went quite well," Granqvist told the Wigan Observer.
"I was happy with my own performance, but you're never happy when you lose.
"I started the game well and after that I got more confidence.
"I know Andy Johnson is a good player and likes to run the channels. For the second goal he got a good cross in and it was finished off.
"But Everton didn't have many chances the whole game so I think we did alright. We played well for the whole of the second half and should have scored some more goals."
The former Helsingborgs skipper played only one game last season at Portsmouth in the FA Cup, but feels he is a better player as a result of the experience.
"It's harder to play here because of the speed, but I've learnt a lot in the six months I've been here," he added.
"I played a lot in the reserves and became better and better. I feel I have adapted well.
"I've not played at the JJB Stadium yet and I'm really looking forward to it."